More to See and Do
The festival runs the last full weekend of July.
A sample of what may be happening during our festival:
The festival opens at Halla le Chéile on Friday evening, and a night of music, singing and sketches are held in a local community concert. Then move to the local pubs to enjoy the local ‘craic and ceol’ (fun and music) for the remainder of the night.
Saturday brings lots of fun for kids. The day starts off with the World Sandcastle Building Championships at Cappagh Strand, a local beach. A sand sculpture competition is held straight after, or if the weather proves unsuitable alternative entertainment will be held in Halla le Chéile.
Later in the day a children’s sports day is held in the village of Cloghane which always proves to be loved by the kids. For those who enjoy nature a slide show will be held showing the birds of West Kerry, or a simular event at Halla le Chéile. After the last event of the day you can join in the music and singing at O’Connor’s Guesthouse.
Sunday starts with a pilgrimage to Mount Brandon, ideal for anyone who enjoys walking and loves spectacular views. The afternoon brings a whole range of activities in Cloghane. Suited for both adults and children, some of the activities include a pet show, best dressed teddy competition, barperson’s race, tug of war, vintage car exhibition, stilt walking and many, many more!
An adult fancy dress competition will be held that evening and always guarantees to attract a crowd.
Monday the final day is spent at Brandon. It begins with a hill walk followed by a tasty barbeque at O’ Shea’s Bar, Brandon.
For the younger visitors a treasure hunt will be held with plenty to be found.
At Brandon Pier the adventurous can splash around on the banana boat, or for those more partial to dry land, you can spend time on the bouncy castle! To bring the day to an end for the kids, a fancy dress competition will be held in Brandon.
Finally, to bring Féile Lughnasa to an end music, song and dance will conclude the festival at the pubs of Brandon village.
Walks and Trails
There are many walks in the area ranging from short strolls to what is arguably the finest climb in the country, the ascent of Mount Brandon, whose ancient pagan name was Slieve Dagda. The ruins of an ancient oratory built by St. Brendan, the Navigator, are also located on the summit of this mountain.
There are walks to suit all levels of fitness, we can arrange to have you dropped off and picked up at suitable locations at times to suit you.
Here are some walking tour contacts to get you started:
Collis Sandes House, Oakpark
Tralee, Co. Kerry
Tel: +353 667 186 181
Tel: +353 404 45152 | +353 87 2698659
6 Galway Technology Centre
Mervue Business Park, Wellpark Road
Tel: +353 91 763994
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The area is a Paradise for anglers.
Cod, pollock, ling, various species of dog fish, mackerel, turbot, skate, bass and shark may be caught off the coast if you charter a boat whilst Cappagh and Fermoyle strands are the perfect venue for the beach caster.
There is an abundant supply and variety of bait available in the area. Bass are at their best during the winter season.
The magnificent valley set between the Mount Brandon range and the famed Conor Pass, the highest mountain pass in Ireland provides unsurpassed game fishing for wild salmon and sea trout in the Owenmore river and lakes.
For the fly angler sea trout fishing is excellent after dark.
There are over 500 species of bird in Ireland, ranging from the Blue-tit the larger Golden Eagle, who resides in the nearby Killarney National Park.
There are numerous sites in the area to go birdwatching, including Cloghane Estuary, Fermoyle Beach and Brandon Point. This area offers diverse habitats and species.
The Contrast in ecosystems between the marshy Cloghane Estuary and the rugged cliffs in Brandon Point lead to variety of birds choosing to habitat here, with a mix of Game and Seabirds. Each season offers a chance to see different species migrate past Brandon Point to the warmer climates in the south, such as Manx and Sooty Shearwaters, Auks, Terns and Storm Petrels and Puffins. The local bogs and mountainous terrain offer a home to a variety of game, including the Pheasant and the Snipe.
Whales and Dolphins
If bird watching your thing why not try Whale and Dolphin watching? The Wild Atlantic Way offers many terrific spots to view marine mammals as they pass along their migration route.